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March 2nd, 2012
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man was arrested in Fort Wayne Thursday on charges of robbery in connection with the holdup of a Walgreens pharmacy on Wednesday.
Vincen Velez, 34, was booked in the Allen County Jail Thursday with bail set at $25,000. Velez is accused of demanding Opana from the Walgreens pharmacist at the chain store located on Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
Police say Velez implied to the pharmacist that he was armed.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel spent Monday morning reading to students at Little Turtle Elementary School as part of Read Across America Week. Both kindergartners and fifth graders listened to Daniel read Dr. Seuss‚Äô ‚ÄúThe Lorax.‚ÄĚ After reading the story, Daniel also answered questions from the students concerning his role as mayor. Fifth-graders at Little Turtle Elementary School with Mayor Daniel are, in the back, Treyten Nicolai and Raylynn Johnson. In the front, left to right are Cierra Troyer, Brooke Ebersole, Maddie Crawford, Brittnie Hendren, Ava Winters and Kyle Reust.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Board of Commissioners is seeking a volunteer interested in the conservation of natural resources to serve as the Whitley County representative on the Wood-Land-Lakes council.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve tried to get someone interested in that,‚ÄĚ said Commissioner Tom Rethlake. ‚ÄúIf there‚Äôs anyone in the community, we‚Äôd really like them to let us know.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Expenses for the Burnworth Memorial Pool continue to exceed revenues and major repairs are an ongoing concern among Columbia City park board members. Currently, the park board is losing approximately $30,000 for the three-month pool season, which is June, July and August.
In Monday evening‚Äôs park board meeting, Park Director Mark Green presented a proposal from engineers he has spoken to in the past two weeks.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Two Columbia City High School students are going to get a taste of geography and engineering in the coming months. The students will intern at the Whitley County Government Center, one with County Engineer Brandon Forrester and the other with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Dan Weigold.
One of the students will intern with the Engineer and Surveyors office from March 5 through May 25, for two hours in the afternoon. Forrester said this is the department‚Äôs second internship, the first coming in the 2009-2010 school year.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ It only took 70 minutes for Joel Froomkin to tell the story of Robert Louis Stevenson‚Äôs ‚ÄúTreasure Island.‚ÄĚ
The students at Mary Raber Elementary School appeared to be under a spell as they listened to the exciting sound effects, the different characters of the beloved children‚Äôs book and the adventures of the various pirates.
All of it came alive with the talents of Huntington‚Äôs Joel Froomkin.
Using music, sound effects and nothing but the author‚Äôs own words, Froomkin of Page on Stage presented this exciting swashbuckling tale of pirates searching for hidden treasure.
COESSE ‚ÄĒ Circumstances prevented a devastating fire Tuesday from being even more tragic. ‚ÄúThe farm hand had just left about a half hour before and a passerby called it in,‚ÄĚ said Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke this morning about Tuesday‚Äôs fire that destroyed a horse barn at Stockamp Ranch east of Columbia City.
Radke said today the damage was too extensive for fire investigators to determine the cause.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Numbing pain at the gasoline pump continued during the past 18 hours when many fueling spots in Whitley County increased prices from $3.69 per gallon to $3.85 and more.
Last Thursday gas prices jumped more than a quarter a gallon ‚Äď and the spike continues this week.
The White House last Thursday reiterated its continuing philosophy that leadership on this issue was difficult and household economic problems were to be expected.
Recovery from the recession is at risk, note experts outside of the White House.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒThe beat of the drums resounded in the band room as 16-year-old Whitko High School sophomore Jalen Gregory displayed his musical talent.
In Jalen‚Äôs eyes, the drums produce a self-expressing beat, giving his audience the opportunity to peer deeper into his character and learn more about him through music.
‚ÄúWhen I play the drums I want people to not just listen, but to feel it,‚ÄĚ said Jalen. ‚ÄúI want people to know who I am through my music.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒCongratulations were in order for 18-year-old Columbia City High School student Michaela Thomas as she walked through the front door of the Whitley County Community Foundation, holding two awards in her hands. ‚ÄúNothing should hold anyone back from this experience,‚ÄĚ said Thomas Sunday afternoon.